Positive demotions and Mental Health Awareness within relationships

My wife is bipolar. For her, that means a life full of mediocre, less-than-positive, contentment. And that's all when she is at her absolute best. But we are working on understanding it. We are working together with individual therapists, a psychiatrist, a couple's counselor, a bipolar support group, and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family-to-Family classes.


How do you forgive and forget?

How do you let go of the animosity or even hatred you feel toward a person who hurt you? What are some suggestions for forgiving people who have hurt you so you can move on with your life and feel more like a responsible adult and less like a petulant teenager with a grudge?


How do you reconcile your tattoo needs with those of your partners?

In the span of our relationship, I have developed moderate myalgic encephalomyelitis. I've also been clinically depressed since I was about 15. Between the two of those things, there are a LOT of days when it seems easier to give up than keep going. And that's where the "inspirational tattoo" would come in. When I told my husband what I was thinking, he was clearly swallowing a lot of objections…